Bhubaneswar: People from across Odisha rolled out their yoga mats, twisted and turned as they basked in the goodness of International Yoga Day celebrations.Even before daybreak, people from all walks of life irrespective of age were seen thronging to yoga camps and practice asanas to join the swelling number of enthusiasts worldwide.
The prime minister also took to social media to share the intricacies of various yoga asanas. "Yoga is exactly doing that", he said.
"Yoga is not about just exercises, but it is about synchronizing mind and body.in this world which is full of stresses and ailments in our daily lives, yoga is one way of finding solutions to those problems", he said.
India's Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri, told Al Arabiya English that the efforts to promote yoga are definitely a long-term endeavor.
Yoga has been in existence for over 5000 years, with more than 100 different forms in existence.
Mrs Ugalahia said although Yoga used to be seen as an act of worship or spirituality by Indians and Buddhist, it has evolved in recent years.
In a world of excess, yoga promises restraint and balance.
Speculation was rife that Nitish might take part in the celebrations this year following his return to the BJP-led NDA in August last which he had left in 2013. This kind of thing will only aid to make yoga more popular and be accepted by all sections of society. "Yoga should be a general recommendation as part of the rehabilitation therapy for drug addicts who seek a high by consuming unsafe substances, a high that yoga can give them by enhancing euphoric hormones", she said.
He added, "For example yesterday (Wednesday), we went to the Corniche and in front of the Ritz Carlton area we held a "yoga vistar", did some yoga postures in the Red Sea beach area with the iconic 300 meters King Fahd Fountain in the backdrop". Ever since then, the Yoga Day is a low-key affair in the state.
Tens of thousands more people joined in mass yoga exercises across the country, from staff at the New Delhi airport to middle-class urbanites and students at countless schools. Thanks to the efforts of Nouf Marwaai, yoga has been popularized here.
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Since the proclamation, the International Day of Yoga has continued to grow in popularity as the profile of the practice continues to rise as more than just an exercise but as a great tool for staying healthy.